There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)
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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For beer folks, Chico, CA, and New Glarus, WI, are must-see capitals on the U.S. brewing map, but getting between the two is no simple feat. There and Back is named for the planes, trains, and zeal needed to connect them. This classic English-style Bitter is a complex yet easy-drinking mix of toasty malt and a fruity, herbal hop flavor.

New Glarus is fiercely loyal to its home state, growing to one of the largest breweries in the U.S. without selling a single drop outside of the borders of Wisconsin. With those local tastes in mind, New Glarus has perfected traditional German styles and invented masterful versions of complex and intense fruit beers featuring Wisconsin-grown ingredients.

Added by raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

meh, this is one of the least exciting beers in the box, and although its pretty tasty, theres not much to it, and its not a style that gets much stoke going with me. clear lighter copper to bronze sort of color, bright looking, no haze at all. the nose is a little tannic, grain rich and a slightly sweet. there is some nice bittering hops in there as well, but its pretty simple really. the flavor is identical to the nose, the grain tannins are evident and it makes the beer feel a little thin. it also drags on a little too long in the middle, overbalancing the sweetness of the grain, leaving just the bitter hop finish, which isnt anything abrasive, but its more robust than the english ones for the most part. well carbonated and clean drinking, but just a beer thats hard to get too pumped up on. i was hoping for a fruit beer with new glarus, given how fun they get with it, so this was a bit of a drag. good beer though for what it is, as they all are in this box.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 5/22/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

On draft, pours a dark orange gold color, very still. Not much head.

The nose is bitter, earthy hops. Very rustic and musty with a little citrus zest. The flavor is malt pelts, grassy and bitter hops. A little hay/straw note, very grainy. This is a bit all over the place, dancing around from flavor to flavor, not really working together. This is not as balanced as I would like it to be. Still good and refreshing, but could be better.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with hints of nutty malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the malty flavors are a stronger and there is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the taste has a nice balance of contrasting fruity and malty flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

And now with New Glarus at the helm, the Beer Camp Across American series takes on a British theme, showcasing a supple yet bold malting, assertive yet reserved hopping and a neutral American palate to thread it all together.

As the brazen copper ale unfolds it does so with creamy froth and a mild haze. Its toasted biscuit malts are perfectly suited to carry its faint fruity sweetness on its back, allowing an early floral bouquet and a herbal woodiness waft about.

Its delicate body releases its sweetened grip and paves the way for hops to rival its taste. Herbal, woody and tea-like, the spicy earthy character begins to show. While much of the malt is remiss with peanut hulls, bread crust and lightening caramel- a balanced taste ensues.

Its late charge is a continued dryness, forgoing much of its malty sweetness in favor of an ironside of heady mineral, a broad wood bitterness and a soft minty after-palate. Echoes of sweetness and spice decorate a short and extended finish in classic British form.

(As an aside: it's getting quite boring to taste all these "proper" flavors in such muted form- it's like beer drinking on training wheels.)

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a saturated dark orange with a light haze, a finger of foam on the surface that recedes to a thin broken skim soon enough. Rising trails of carbonation visible.

Aroma is mild and faint, as it warms there's a hint of yeast and dry crackers malt.

Taste has very mild cracker, straw, and bready malt notes, it's slightly astringent with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied and fairly drinkable. It's just not all that memorable.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/22/2014. Pours lightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of citrus zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of citrus zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English bitter. Good balance and robustness of earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an impressive head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Toasted bread, pecans and a hint of fruit

Taste: Toasted bread and pecan with a developing hint of stone fruit and nutskin bitterness; some toffee sweetness builds, after the swallow, to offset the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; doesn't feel like a bitter but I understand the issue with that

Overall: I note that a number of reviewers are incorrectly calling this an ESB and a few are calling it an English Pale Ale - I think the problem is that many folks are unfamiliar with an English Bitter, as few domestic craft brewers tackle the style and those that do tend not to bottle it; in any event, for a bottled Bitter, this is OK though it lacks some of the earthy bitterness and stone fruit flavor to really nail the style

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of fruity ester with light dry bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt notes with some fruity ester. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable as a one-time beer but not something I would necessarily seek again.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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